Bluffton 72, Cane Bay 62: Trailing by 18 in the first half and 15 during the third quarter, the Bluffton High School boys basketball team mounted a furious comeback at Cane Bay to remain on top of Region 7-AAA with a 72-62 win Tuesday night.
"It just wasn't going our way," Bluffton coach Brett Macy said. "We were flat."
Continuing to use their full-court press against the Cobras, the Bobcats finally started to break through after halftime, cutting their deficit to one point right before the end of the third quarter. Bluffton (16-2 overall, 6-1 region) had found its rhythm by the fourth quarter and steadily pulled away.
CJ Frazier led the Bobcats with 19 points. Demetrius Smalls added 12, Bryson Bell had 11 and Dimitri Lowry scored 10.
Bluffton hosts Berkeley on Friday.
Ridgeland 75, Allendale-Fairfax 64: Tyron Mikell had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Torray Amlett had 13 points, 12 rebounds and five assists to help the Jaugars take down region-leading Allendale-Fairfax.
Terrance Frazier added 12 points, and Derrick Solomon had nine points and 13 boards for Ridgeland (11-8 overall, 8-3 Region 5-A), which pulled within a game of the Tigers for the top spot in the region.
"They've got a few games left, we've got a few games left. We've just got to play it out and see what happens," Ridgeland coach Jeremiah Faber said.
Charles Mitchell, Maurice Dargan and Jeremiah Nelson each scored eight points for the balanced Jaguars.
Allendale-Fairfax was led by Jahnari Devoe with 16 points and Solomon McCormick with 15.
Ridgeland plays at Bethune-Bowman on Friday and then at Estill on Saturday.
Whale Branch 88, Branchville 35: Tyshawn Fields rang up 15 points, Parish Magwood had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and the Warriors blew past Branchville with a 60-19 scoring advantage after halftime.
Dee Delaney chipped in 10 points for Whale Branch, which led 28-16 after the opening two quarters. Chavone Simmons contributed eight points, five steals and three assists.
Whale Branch (13-6, 8-3 Region 5-A) travels to Estill on Friday.
Bible Baptist 53, Beaufort Academy 49: The Eagles couldn't find a way to get past the Braves, dropping to 5-5 in SCISAA Region 1-AA.
Preston Suber had 14 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots for Beaufort Academy (8-9). Michael Bible also had a double-double, notching 14 points and 13 rebounds. Billy Dailey and Jack Griffith added six points apiece.
Keynnard Campbell led Bible Baptist with 18 points, 15 in the first half.
Beaufort Academy hosts St. Andrew's on Friday.
Thomas Heyward 44, St. Andrews 24: Ryan Day led the Rebels (7-9, 3-5 SCISAA Region 1-AA) with 14 points and JD Tuten added 11 as Thomas Heyward was in control the whole way, leading by eight at the half and 14 after three quarters.
Jake Holliday led St. Andrews with nine points.
JV: Hilton Head Christian 29, Hilton Head Prep 26
JV: Beaufort Academy 35, Bible Baptist 28
JV: Whale Branch 57, Beaufort High 46 (Monday)
Beaufort Academy 45, Bible Baptist 42: After losing to Bible Baptist by 18 earler this season, the Eagles focused on defense and turned the tables, using a 16-4 run down the stretch to earn the win and move a step closer to the postseason.
The win by the Eagles (8-9, 5-5 SCISAA Region 1-AA) means a win at home Friday against St. Andrews would clinch a fourth-place region finish and a playoff spot.
Miranda Weslake led the Eagles with 21 points and eight steals. Catherine Neal and Megan Debardelaben added nine points each, and eighth-grader Kianna Fortner scored six in her first start.
Senior Megan Kahn didn't score but turned in a defensive masterpiece with 16 rebounds and four blocked shots.
The Eagles trailed 21-20 at the half, by five after three quarters and by nine after two quick buckets by Bible Baptist to open the fourth before the tide-turning run. Debardelaben hit 3 of 4 free throws as time wound down to seal the victory.
Bluffton 47, Cane Bay 41: Jennifer Giles led the way with 17 points and Shakeria Kitty scored 13 as the Bobcats improved to 16-4, 6-1 in Region 7-AAA. Cane Bay drops to 2-5 in region play.
Other Bluffton scorers were Nikki Hill (6), Tibra Wheeler (5), Dynasty Mervin (4) and Alex Bailey (2).
Thomas Heyward 58, St. Andrews 2: In a game that saw the clock run continuously in the second half, Jamie Malphrus scored 12 and Caitlyn Cooler and Ashlie Layman added 11 apiece as the Rebels (18-0, 8-0 SCISAA 1-AA) stayed perfect. Thomas Heyward hosts Bible Baptist and Charleston Collegiate on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
JV: Hilton Head High 44, Battery Creek 11
JV: Beaufort High 25, Whale Branch 16
JV: Hilton Head Christian 48, Hilton Head Prep 18
Middle School: McCracken 30, Ridgeland 18